Conrad leads the policy outreach activities of the Innovation Commission through engagement with governments, international organizations, civil society and other relevant stakeholders. He also leads the drafting of policy memoranda and organizes events for the Commission. Conrad joined the team from the European Commission where he was in charge of policy and governance issues and coordinated EU development cooperation on Sustainable Agri-Food systems and Fisheries with EU Members States, the G7, G20, and beyond. He was also the Co-Chair of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD) hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Furthermore, he led a major strategic evaluation of EU cooperation from 2014-2020. Conrad has also previously worked for the United Nations, the Hudson Institute, and the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, in addition to working in the private sector. Conrad holds a Ph.D. in Government from University College Cork.